As night falls in Delhi, a mother spins tales from her past for her sleeping daughter. Her now grown-up child is a puzzle with a million pieces whom she hopes, through her words and her love, to somehow make whole again. Meanwhile, as the last train from Rajiv Chowk Station pulls away, a young man rides the metro and dreams of murder. In another corner of the city, a newborn wrapped in a blood-red towel lies on the steps of an orphanage as his mother walks away.
There are 20 million bodies in this city and this woman, man and child are only three. But their stories - of a secret love that blossoms in the shadows of grief, of a corrosive guilt that taints the soul, and of an orphaned boy who maps out his own destiny - weave in and out of the lives of those around them to form a dazzling kaleidoscope of a novel.
Beautiful, beguiling and audacious, this is the story of a city and its people, of love and horror, of belonging and forgiveness: a powerful and unforgettable tale of modern India.
©2015 Raj Kamal Jha (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Love this tale. It is powerful and compelling. Since it is character driven, however, don't expect much plot or much explanation. Magical realism is woven so skillfully that it becomes a dreamlike story with such vivid realism that it needs the dreams to balance its grit and honesty. Human Behavior at its best and worst is described in such interesting ways that it feels almost like an invasion of privacy to know the characters' thoughts.
A must read for anyone who loves magical realism, postmodern tales, and beautifully depicted characters.
Yes especially as I could not return
I did not finish the book
do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others
Mesmerising tales of life and dreams in modern India with a touch of humour and a lot of freedom from reality.
Not sure no one I know
Disjointed and not atmosphere of India
Not sure what category this would fall into other than "Don't Bother "
Really interesting if you have been to India - just the way it is.
The narrator is very good.
Wonderful observations of the different people in the different story lines - all brought very much to life.
The rape scene of the young woman in the Hotel - it was awful and very topical at the moment of what is passing in India.
Scenes with "the orphan" and the dog.
No - it would have been impossible - too much to think about and mull over!
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